Londonlicious

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Londonlicious is back! The winter edition is running from now until Sunday, February 8.

WHAT IS IT?

Londonlicious is a chance for everyone to try out some of London’s restaurants from the very popular to the best kept secrets. Over thirty restaurants are participating with their own unique set menu’s for lunch and/or dinner at price points of $15, $20, $25, $30, $35, or $40 which will showcase the best that each restaurant has to offer.

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Chinese New Year Celebration

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Tonight is the third annual Chinese New Year Celebration at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School, brought to you by the London Chinese Association. This all-ages event will be held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

2015 is the Year of the Ram in the Chinese Zodiac. The Ram is the symbol of warmth, prosperity and gentleness. In that spirit, the LCA is celebrating the multicultural community by inviting different cultures to exhibit their artwork and perform on stage during the celebration.  Continue reading

UPDATE – UCCB and Tax Changes

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Last week we posted about the upcoming changes to the Universal Child Care Benefit. This raised a lot of discussion regarding how these changes will effect families and their taxes as well as some confusion about a few details. We hope that this update will clear some of that up!

THE UCCB THEN AND NOW

As mentioned, the UCCB will be increasing by $60 per month for all children from birth to 17 years,11 months. This means that children who are 0 to 5 years, 11 months will receive $160 per month and children 6 years to 17 years, 11 months will receive $60 per month.

The change will not come into effect until July 2015 when parents will retroactively receive the updated amount of money for the year. This means that parents will receive per child in the given age range, this amount per month this year:

January 2015: $100 (0-5), $0 (6-17)

February 2015: $100 (0-5), $0 (6-17)

March 2015: $100 (0-5), $0 (6-17)

April 2015: $100 (0-5), $0 (6-17)

May 2015: $100 (0-5), $0 (6-17)

June 2015: $100 (0-5), $0 (6-17)

July 2015: $520 (0-5), $420 (6-17)

August 2015: $160 (0-5), $60 (6-17)

September 2015: $160 (0-5), $60 (6-17)

October 2015: $160 (0-5), $60 (6-17)

November 2015: $160 (0-5), $60 (6-17)

December 2015: $160 (0-5), $60 (6-17)

Since it was introduced in 2006, it has been necessary to claim UCCB on your taxes as income and this will not change with the increase. 

The UCCB is NOT income based. Families will receive it regardless of the amount of income claimed on their taxes.

Those who are already receiving UCCB will automatically receive the update. You do not need to apply for the UCCB if you are already receiving CCTB for your children or you are eligible to receive CTTB but you do not because your family income is too high.

CANADA CHILD TAX BENEFIT

The tax-free monthly CCTB payment that many families receive to help with the costs of raising children under the age of 18 years old will not change. The CCTB is based on how many children you have and your family income. For more information, see HERE.

CHILD TAX CREDIT

The CTC was a non-refundable tax credit for parents of children under the age of 18. This will be cancelled for the 2015 tax year, but can still be claimed on your 2014 taxes. 

 

 

This Weekend in London

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This weekend is going to be lovely! Need something to do? Here are some ideas:

The Grand Theatre

The 2015 theatre season is kicking off with The Ladies Foursome. This charming and funny play explores the friendships, loves, and lives of a foursome of friends after one of them passes away. Great for a night out with your girlfriends, your sister, your mom or any other woman in your life. For tickets and show information, see HERE.

Budweiser Gardens

There are two games happening at the Budweiser Gardens this weekend. Friday night, the Knights drop the puck at 7:30pm against the Sarnia Sting. Come back on Sunday, January 25 for a London Lightning game against the Brampton A’s at 2:00pm.

Boler Mountain

The weather is perfect to get outside with the kids and get in the snow! The trails, lifts, and tube park are all scheduled to be open this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bundle up the kids and head over to the Bump for some family winter fun.

White Oaks Mall

In need of a little retail therapy? Retail stores are looking to clear out their winter stock and get ready for spring, which means sale time for you! White Oaks Mall has a number of sales beginning this week. Have a look!

 

 

Summer Jobs with the City

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It may be snowy and cold out right now, but if you have a teen or older child thinking about getting a job this summer or even if you are thinking about finding a new job yourself, then now is the time to apply! The City of London is hiring for many of their summer programs and are currently accepting applications.

AQUATICS

The City of London Aquatics department is a fantastic summer employment opportunity. The City is currently hiring for building attendants to clean and maintain the pools, cashiers for the pools, wading pool lifeguard, and instructor/lifeguards for the indoor and outdoor city pools. All aquatic staff must have a current Emergency First Aid and CPR, as well as a Vulnerable Persons police screening. Please see individual listings for the specific qualifications, especially for lifeguarding.

DAY CAMPS/PLAYGROUNDS

If playing with children all day sounds like the ideal job, then one of the positions within Day Camps and Playgrounds are where you should look. This would be a great place to get experience working with kids with special needs and disabilities, kids in diverse social situations, organizing groups and leading groups through activities. They are hiring positions such as Playleader, Camp Counsellor, and Tennis Instructor.

GOLF

The City of London runs three golf course in town and they are hiring for their summer staff. They are looking for people for their food service crew staff and supervisors, golf course starter/ranger, and pro shop cashier.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook Gardens is the place to be in the summer! If you love kids and love being outside, have a look at some of the positions available inside the castle this summer. Concessions, building and ground attendants, Play Leaders, Day Camp and Mini Camp Counsellors are just a few of the exciting ways to spend the summer months.

Don’t delay with your applications! Each posting has it’s own closing dates – some are this Friday, January 23, some are mid-February.

International Day of Acceptance

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International Day of Acceptance is a day dedicated to social acceptance of disability and to honor the late Annie Hopkins, founder of 3E Love, and creator of the International Symbol of Acceptance. We have children, parents, siblings, partners, coworkers, friends, neighbours, cousins, clients, teachers, and peers living their lives with disabilities, perhaps you are as well. Today is a day to take a step toward accepting and embracing what makes us different and diverse. See how you can make a difference and join the movement at www.dayofacceptance.com.

Who is Annie?

Annie Hopkins was amazing. She didn’t want you to think she was, but she was…
Annie was born into a world that tried to limit who she could be and what she could do. She grew up seeing her peers and role models with disabilities face discrimination daily, sometimes on purpose, and sometimes indirectly. Annie lived in a society where people with disabilities were not portrayed in the media as beautiful, able, or equal members of a community. She entered her teens knowing that she wasn’t expected to pursue a higher education or to live independently. She lived life knowing that strangers thought more about her disability and presumed life expectancy than they thought to say hello as she rolled by. Annie didn’t care. In fact, she was calculatedly reckless in how she chose to live, always pushing the boundaries of what people thought she could do and using her experiences to educate others…
Annie was everything a person hopes to be as a family, friend and community member. She was generous, courageous, and empathetic and she lived how people all wish to live. Annie embodied the very best spirit that humankind has to offer one another, and the world.
Annie Hopkins was an advocate, entrepreneur, artist, and student, who demonstrated what is possible when you love life.

3E LOVE

In 2007, she recruited her brother Stevie to help her start a company to spread her message. She created 3E Love with the idea that her “Wheelchair Heart” symbol unified people of all abilities and it ignited conversations every day that would help change attitudes for the better. Her ideas didn’t stop there: she wanted to create a disability owned and disability operated social entrepreneurial endeavor that one day, would be successful, would further empowerment and would demonstrate what can be achieved with a positive love for life and changing perceptions.
Social acceptance is the key… not the pity and ignorance with which she grew up.
Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life!
Unfortunately, on January 20th, 2009, the survival of Annie’s message was threatened when she passed away from unexpected complications to a simple medical procedure. Overwhelming support from friends, family, and the disability community helped keep her ideals alive. Stevie Hopkins, her brother who helped her start 3E Love, took the reins and never looked back.

International Day of Acceptance

International Day of Acceptance began in the beginning of 2010. Stevie and his family were not looking forward to the Chicago winter, the snow, and everything else that would remind them of losing Annie. 3E Love and Annie’s message had become Stevie’s primary source of strength and hope during the first year after Annie’s passing, and so he had the idea to change January 20th from a day that represents sadness and loss to a day that represents Annie’s message of empowerment and loving life. If people all over the world would embrace their challenges and accept others no matter their ability, Annie’s message and lifestyle would be alive forever. People on the internet from all over the world responded positively and got everyone they knew involved. Even if they did not own one of our t-shirts to wear, or could not afford temporary tattoos or stickers, they drew the symbol on their hand, made homemade posters, posted about it on social networks, and did everything they could to show the world that they were a part of this acceptance movement. January 20th would now and forevermore be an International celebration to celebrate Annie’s life, her ideas, and the 3E Love movement instead of mourning her loss.
Tell the world that you are accepting of people with disabilities. As our parents, siblings, relatives, spouses, children, lovers, coworkers, teachers, personal assistants, friends, and anyone else – you also have a role in our culture and life. You can start change by demonstrating acceptance and showing the world that you embrace people of all abilities.

Start the conversation of acceptance today!

* Change your Facebook profile to the International Day of Acceptance logo
* Post the logo to your Facebook wall
* Tweet, share, forward this post
* Draw the wheelchair heart logo on your hand and let people know your message
Reposted with permission from 3ELove

Forest City Road Race

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Sunday, April 26 is the date for this year’s Forest City Road Race. It may seem like a long way away, but now is the time to get registered for the race and save a lot of money doing it! The best registration rates are on right now until January 31, 2015.

FOREST CITY ROAD RACE

Every year, the FCRR happens in the early spring as a fundraiser for Thames Valley Children’s Centre here in London. TVCC serves more than 7000 children in the southwestern region of Ontario with physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays, and autism spectrum disorders. Their clients range from newborn right up until young adulthood. The FCRR raises funds for programming that allow their clients to participate in their homes, communities, and schools to the best of their ability. It also provides programming for siblings of children who are clients of TVCC and support for their parents – invaluable services for so many families in London and area.

THE RACES

There are four events at the FCRR – the 5K open run/wheelchair, the 10K open run, the half-marathon, and the Fun Run for kids – an all ages run around Victoria Park on a safe, closed course.

REGISTRATION

Registration is open now for all events and online registration will be open until the Thursday before the race. Save $15 on registration, get a personalized race bib, and a tech shirt by registering before the end of January.

VOLUNTEERING

Not a runner? Not a problem. Volunteering for the event is a lot of fun for everyone involved. Get a group of friends together to man a water station and cheer on the runners, sign up to be a court marshal or hang out at the finish line to celebrate at the end of the race. Students can count the race hours toward their volunteer hours for graduation, so bring your teens along for the fun.

Kindergarten Registration

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Get ready, Mamas! It’s time for kindergarten registration. Whether the thought makes you teary or jump for joy, if you have a child born in 2010 or 2011, they are not eligible to sign up for school in September.

Children must be four years old by December 31, 2015 for Junior Kindergarten

Children must be five years old by December 31, 2015 for Senior Kindergarten

Children must be six years old by December 31, 2015 for grade one

Thames Valley District School Board

TVDSB is the English, public board in London. Registration runs from January 19 to February 6, 2015 for their full day kindergarten program. Call your area school for an appointment, tour or application forms. Parents will need to provide proof of age and primary address. This is also the time to apply for enrollment into senior kindergarten for French Immersion schools.

London District Catholic School Board

LDCSB is the English, Catholic board in London. To register your child for full day kindergarten, call you area school for an appointment, tour or application package. Parents will need to provide proof of age, primary address, and a Roman Catholic baptismal certificate for the child or one of their parents. This is also the time to apply for enrollment into senior kindergarten for French Immersion schools.

Conseil Scolaire Viamonde

Conseil Scolaire Viamonde is the French Language public board. To register your child for full day kindergarten contact the school in your region to set up an appointment with the school’s principal.

Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence

CscProvidence is the French Language Catholic board. To register your child for full day kindergarten contact the school in your region to set up an appointment with the school’s principal.

There are also a number of private schools in London and area including:

London Christian Academy,

London Community Hebrew Day School,

London Islamic School,

London Waldorf School,

Matthews Hall,

Montessori Academy of London,

Riverbend Academy,

The London School,

 

And lastly, if you are interested in homeschooling your children, you can begin with the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents.

 

 

London Psychic Expo

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Whether you want to find out what the future has in store for you, connect with a loved one who has passed over, get a photo of your aura or if you’re just curious about the whole psychic community, the London Psychic Expo is the place for you this weekend. There will be new age books, crystals, and jewellery, demonstrations and of course, readings with international, experienced psychics and mediums doing tarot, palmistry, astrology, aura, and angel readings.

THE DETAILS

The London Psychic Expo will be held this weekend, Saturday, January 17 from 11:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday, January 18, from 11:00am to 7:00pm at  Centennial Hall, 550 Wellington Street.

ADMISSION

Admission is $10 for the whole weekend. Print off this COUPON and bring it in for $2.00 off admission and a free crystal. CASH ONLY.

Demonstrations and exhibits are included in the fee, however readings are not. Prices vary and are set by the reader depending on type of reading and length of reading. Readings may cost between $10-$70, averaging about $40/session. Please bring CASH. Some readers may accept VISA/MC.

 

London Winter Bridal Show

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London’s Winter Bridal Show is happening this Saturday and Sunday at the London Convention Centre downtown. This bridal show will feature all of London’s top wedding professionals, covering all areas from engagement photo’s to the honeymoon, wedding fashion, wedding trends, wedding must-haves, and wedding wants! If you or someone you know is getting married, you won’t want to miss this!

WHEN

The event is happening Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18 from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm both days.

ADMISSION

Admission is $12.00 at the door, children under 12 are free

Admission must be paid in CASH ONLY. There is a debit machine in the lobby of the Convention Centre.

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